|“Immigration detention is inhumane, abusive and unjust – full stop. Reducing the number of people behind bars in immigration detention should be the Biden administration’s utmost priority…Congress should be investing funds in vital programs and services that respond to real need, including affordable housing, community healthcare and environmental protections, not writing a blank check for their systematic detention.” – Detention Watch Network|
A year into the Biden administration and it’s clear: the Democratic establishment continues to uphold, perpetuate, and increase the family separation, detention, and deportation endemic to the US immigration system, harming thousands of families across the country. Our partners at Detention Watch Network have been bold and unrelenting in their pressure on power-holders to #FreeThemAll, defund ICE and CBP, and abolish detention in all its forms.
Detention Watch Network (DWN) is a national coalition building power through collective advocacy, grassroots organizing, and strategic communications to abolish immigration detention in the United States. From their work to #DefundHate by getting the federal government to cut funding to ICE and CBP to their fight for #CommunitiesNotCages– shutting down detention centers and diverting funding to healthcare, education, housing, and true community safety– DWN is mobilizing thousands across the country to take action for immigration justice. Join the National Day of Action for #CommunitiesNotCages this Thursday, March 3rd.
On March 3rd, organizations across the country will host over 24 local actions including car rallies, vigils, projections and art installations outside of immigration detention facilities to demand the Biden administration use his authority to #FreeThemAll and end the use of immigration detention in its entirety. Thousands of SURJ members across the country will be taking action at these local events as well as at a digital action hour on March 3rd at 10am PT/1pm ET.
Together we will demand the Biden administration:
- Shut down detention centers and stop detention expansion
- Stop deportations including Title 42 expulsions
- Release all people from detention
- Cut ICE and CBP’s budget